Evaluation Contest ~ In Toastmasters Everything is Evaluated!

Contributors to this post were Erica Gatz and Sharon Borosevitch.

At Toastmasters Clubs everywhere, evaluation plays a huge role in the club meetings. Everyone is evaluated. Even people doing evaluations are evaluated. And since Toastmasters also loves competitions, every spring there is an evaluation contest.

Gibsons Morningstars hosted our speech evaluation contest this week and attendance was high.   The test speech was given by Ann Dickie, a member of The Sunshine Toastmasters group from Sechelt.   Ann presented her new book, The Magic Circle, a children’s book celebrating shamanism and ceremony.


Our contest Chair Sharon Borosevich did a great job of explaining how a speech evaluation contest is organized and Bill Baker, our chief judge, did a short presentation to the whole club about the role of the speech contest judges. The entire membership benefited from this workshop style learning.

There were five contestants and each contestant was given five minutes to prepare their evaluation of the test speech. They were sequestered in a distant room and all their notes were removed after five minutes, to be returned to them again for their presentation. Prior to the test speech, names were randomly drawn to decide the order of participants.


All contestants were given 2 to 3 minutes to do their evaluations. They were informed that they would be disqualified if they were under 1 minute and 45 seconds, or if they went over 3 minutes and 30 seconds. As the old saying goes, “timing is everything!”…..especially in a Toastmasters competition!

Participants in the evaluation contest were to be evaluated as follows:


Analytical quality       40%.
Recommendation       30%
Technique                   15%
Summation                 15%


Our winners are:


Both Erica and Ben are eligible to advance to the Area competition which will be held Saturday, April 13th from 2 – 4pm at Harmony Hall.

Congratulations again to all our contestants.

And a BIG thank you to Ann Dickie from the Sechelt club who gave our test speech!

Thanks to our chief judge, judges, timers, tally counters and contest sergeant at arms. Also, a special thanks to  John Gaudaur for the tasty matrimonial cake he baked. It was a delicious addition to our morning coffee!

Morningstars – what a team!

Stay tuned for next week and the International Speech Competition.



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